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March 11, 2010

Penguin Behavior: Mutual Ecstatic Display


The Mutual Ecstatic Display is different from the Ecstatic Display because of the relationship of the birds performing the behavior and how close in proximity the birds are to each other. In the previous blog, you learned about the Ecstatic Display and saw the photo. In that image the birds are in different territories and both are males. In this photo, the birds are in the same territory (in this case their nest) and are a mated couple. The couple performs this display in unison and is commonly observed and heard when they are reunited in their territory. It is also¬†displayed in fighting when there are territorial clashes between two pairs. This territorial clash is most frequently¬†observed at the Academy in between the green banded couple’s nest and the white banded couple’s nest-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 1:24 pm


  1. Hi Pam,

    I saw you working with a puppet this afternoon. What is the purpose of the penguin puppet?

    Comment by Patrice — March 13, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  2. Hi Patrice, This was a one time enrichment; just to see if there was interest and the behavioral responses. -Pamela

    Comment by pschaller — March 24, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

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